Cohen said Finger Lakes ReUse was given a grant to pay artists to paint murals that linked reuse to human rights and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Some of these goals include clean water and sanitation, and affordable and clean energy. Cohen said reaching out to Ithaca Murals was the obvious thing to do for this project.
Thomas said the project was a two and a half year collaboration with the Finger Lakes ReUse Center. He said they announced they were looking to fund five artists to paint the murals based on the requirements Cohen mentioned in the grant. Thomas said they received a lot of proposals for the project and shared those with Finger Lakes ReUse staff members, customers and community partners so they could vote for the five proposals they wanted to see.
Terrance Vann is the artist who painted the mural on the exterior of the Ithaca Reuse Center. He’s been an artist all his life and dreamed of painting murals; something he’s been doing for the past four years. Vann said the sustainable development goals played a part in inspiring his work for this project.